Mario Bellini was born in 1935 in Milan, Italy, and studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. He became design director at La Rinascente, an influential chain of Italian department stores. In 1973 he established Studio Bellini in Milan. From 1963 to 1991, Bellini was the chief design consultant for Olivetti. Since the 1980s, Bellini has devoted himself almost entirely to architecture, and from 1986 to 1991 was editor of Domus magazine. He also served as professor of industrial design at the Domus Academy in Milan and has been a designer and consultant for Cassina, Vitra, B&B Italia, Flos, Artemide and Renault.